Kafr Laha

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Kafr Laha
Kafar Laha
Kafr Laha is located in Syria
Kafr Laha
Kafr Laha
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 34°52′59″N 36°30′0″E / 34.88306°N 36.50000°E / 34.88306; 36.50000
Country  Syria
Governorate Homs
District Taldou
Subdistrict Kafr Laha
Population (2004)
 • Total 20,041
Time zone EET (UTC+3)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+2)

Kafr Laha (Arabic: كفرلاها‎‎) is a town in the Homs Governorate north of Homs in northern Syria.[1] In 2004 it had a population of 20,041 according to the Central Bureau of Statistics of Syria.[2] Its inhabitants are predominantly Sunni Muslims.[3] It is the largest town in the Houla region. Nearby localities include Tallaf to the northeast, Tell Dahab to the north, Aqrab to the northwest, Qarmas and Maryamin to the west, al-Taybah al-Gharbiyah to the southwest and Taldou to the southeast.


Kafr Laha has been identified as the ancient Aramaean settlement of Byt'l also known as "Bethel".[4]

Kafr Laha has been the site of demonstrations against the Assad government during the ongoing Syrian uprising which began in 2011.[5] As of 21 June 2012, government forces have been driven from the town center and are relegated to positions on the town's periphery.[6][7]


  1. ^ U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Geographic Names Database, 2012
  2. ^ "2004 General Census". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  3. ^ Smith, 1841, p. 179.
  4. ^ Lipinsky, Edward. The Aramaeans: Their Ancient History, Culture, Religion Peeters Publishers, 2000. p. 203. ISBN 9042908599
  5. ^ "Arab League meets to discuss Syrian plan". Al Jazeera. 2 Nov 2011. 
  6. ^ “Some rebels wonder if Syrian troops' poor use of tanks, helicopters is intentional,” McClatchy Newspapers, 21 June 2012.
  7. ^ "YouTube". Retrieved 25 October 2014. 


Coordinates: 34°52′59″N 36°30′0″E / 34.88306°N 36.50000°E / 34.88306; 36.50000